Actor Ricky Davao has said that he is very supportive of his eldest daughter Rikki Mae who is a lesbian.
“I’m OK as a father. Sabi ng mga anak ko, I’m a cool dad. Nung binanggit n’ya sa akin ito, nagulat ako. Hindi ako nagalit pero nagulat ako. Kasi sabi ko gusto ko magkaroon ng apo sa’yo. Bottomline it’s still respect. It’s I love you. Kung ano man ang gusto mo, gawin mo,” said Davao, in an exclusive interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.
“I will support you. ‘Yun lang ‘yun. Magulang ka. So ngayon I’m very supportive kung ano man ang gusto n’yang gawin.
Actually nagtatanong pa nga ako sa kanya ng mga bagay-bagay. Iba ang pananaw ng mga millennials ngayon. I’m learning from them,” said Davao, husband of actress Jackie Lou Blanco.
Davao and Blanco, who have been married for 25 years now, have three children. Rumors have persisted that their marriage was on the rocks but nobody has presented any proof about it.
Blanco, daughter of veteran singer Pilita Corrales, has said in an interview with PEP that her feeling never changed when her daughter came out.
“Life is hard in itself. They need love and understanding. At the end of the day, being a parent is really all about love,” the actress said in the same interview.
During his appearance at the late-night talk show, Davao admitted to Abunda that he was nervous because he is not used to television interviews.
“Ninenerbyos ako. Hindi ako sanay ma-interview. I’m not comfortable talking about myself. Work, sometimes, OK, but maybe not the personal side,” the actor said, who will be seen in the new film “Dukot” starring Enrique Gil and Christopher de Leon. It will be shown on July 13.
“Magugustuhan nyo po ito dahil hindi lamang ito family drama. Meron ding konting thriller, suspense. Ibang Enrique Gil ang makikita n’yo rito,” he added.
Davao raved about Gil’s acting in one scene which he described as “magical.”
“I had a scene with him. Very dark. It was Enrique (Gil), me and Christopher (de Leon). Then biglang tumulo ang luha ni Enrique. Sabi ko ‘ang yabang mo a!’ Moment ! That’s a moment, It’s a magical moment,” he said.
Ricky is the son of the late actor Charlie Davao who was known for characters roles in the 1960s. Many may not know it but he is a licensed industrial engineer who graduated at the Mapua Institute of Technology in Intramuros, Manila.
Davao also said that he has been a professional actor for 35 years. He said the he blossomed into a serious actor came when he started doing theater.
“I was part of a dinner-theater with Maryo J. delos Reyes. After that I accepted a role in CCP ‘Felipe delas Casas’ directed by Nonon Padilla. Sabi Ricky may auditions you go. And then I saw the late Lino Brocka. Ang sabi ni Lino Brocka you should work with this director he is one of the best. Sabi ni Lino, for me he is the only true artist in the Philippines. Sabi ko, ‘wow, okay!’ Duon nag-umpisa.”
After that, Davao said that he has been recognized as a theater actor. “That;s why ang treatment kaagad sa akin actor. A serious actor.”
Davao said that he does not want to be labelled as matinee idol because he wanted to be known as serious actor.
“In Felipe delas Casas, for a month and a half, hindi ako naligo. Ganun kaseryoso kasi ang role ko Franciscan friar and during that time, they were the poorest of the poor and ang dumi-dumi nila. Ganun yung mga input sa akin so ganun a ng ginawa ko. Pati kuko ko mahaba.” he said.